Monday, November 30, 2015

Open Access Journal: Middle East – Topics & Arguments

Middle East - Topics & Arguments
ISSN: 2196-629X
Middle East – Topics & Arguments is a unique platform for innovative research on the Middle East combining disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Articles critically reevaluate established scholarly traditions and think beyond entrenched disciplinary boundaries. By bringing together well-known academics and young scholars with international backgrounds, a broad range of perspectives will ensure lively debates.

Middle East – Topics and Arguments wants to encourage interdisciplinary discussion on two levels: Firstly, between social sciences and humanities in the field of Middle Eastern studies, and secondly, between Middle Eastern studies and the systematic disciplines. We thereby aim at integrating regional academic discourse into a global setting. We hope to ensure trans-regional comparability, thus leaving behind the notion of cultural and religious exceptionalism which has for a long been connected with Middle Eastern studies.

Each issue of Middle East – Topics & Arguments focuses on one main topic. This allows for perspectives from different disciplines, such as:

cultural studies
literary studies
political science
ancient studies


Friday, November 27, 2015

New Open Access Journal: Hadīth and Sīra Studies

Hadīth and Sīra Studies
The mission to understand Prophet Muhammad and present his message to the world based on primary sources, which Meridyen Association began in 2007 with the launch of the web portal, is now expanding to a new field.

A peer-reviewed academic journal, Hadīth and Sīra Studies, is the next step in a line of academic activities that include “The Hadīth and Sīra Research Awards”, “Sīra Workshop” and “International Sīra Studies Symposium” conducted under the project. With the focus of gathering academic research of the Prophet Muhammad’s life to reveal universal guiding principles applicable to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, this biannual journal seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the field of hadīth and sīra studies.

Hadīth and Sīra Studies recognizes the rigorous intellectual standards set by Western academia and aims to adhere to them from its first issue as part of its long-term goal to become a leading international publication. In line with its interdisciplinary perspective, Hadīth and Sīra Studies welcomes contributions from diverse fields of research.

How primary Islamic sources have been understood and interpreted throughout history shapes the way they are understood by the present generation. It is therefore necessary to both convey the Islamic tradition through a re-evaluation and analysis of the literature written during previous centuries, and to make it relevant to contemporary problems. The critical and philosophical ideas voiced since the 18th century in both the East and West cannot be ignored and must be engaged with by hadīth and sīra studies. Classical Islamic texts should be reread and at the same time rediscovered in light of these intellectual developments. In tackling these significant issues, the importance of adopting both an international and interdisciplinary approach becomes clear. At this current time, Hadīth and Sīra Studies intends to publish articles in Arabic, English, German and French in addition to Turkish.

We welcome your academic contributions addressing the separate or common issues of hadīth and sīra studies, as well as those connecting them to relevant disciplines, for our second issue which will be published in May 2016.

Deadline for submissions: 15th March 2016

Volume:1 Issue:1 Autumn 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Open Access E-book: Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions

Title: Locating Hell in Islamic traditions
Author:     Christian Lange
Publisher:     Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Series:     Islamic history and civilization, 119.
E - ISBN : 9789004301368

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Open Access E-book: Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice

The Censorship Observatory
Place of Publication: Beirut
Date of Publication: December 2010
Number of Pages: 150
Translation of: Aʻmāl al-raqābah qānūnan, 2010

Free-to-read language learning textbooks from Routledge - expire December 15th, 2015.

Routledge is offering the following titles free-to-read until December 15th, 2015.
Click on the 'Look Inside' icon to open the content.
The Integrated Approach to Arabic Instruction

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Open Access Journal: Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin

Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin
ISSN: 2410-0951
The Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin (ISSN 2410-0951, since 2015) has succeeded the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Newsletter as the main organ of the European network in Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies. 

It is a biannual peer-reviewed international journal, published on-line (under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license) and on paper as print-on-demand.

It is dedicated to the vast variety of issues concerned with the research into the oriental manuscript traditions, from instrumental analysis, to codicology and palaeography, to critical text editing, to manuscript preservation, to the application of digital tools to manuscript research. The geographical focus is the Mediterranean Near East, with its wide array of language traditions including, though not limiting to, Arabic, Armenian, Avestan, Caucasian Albanian, Christian Palestinian Aramaic, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Slavonic, Syriac, and Turkish.
1/1 (2015)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Middle East Library Partnership Project - Report

Report for the Middle East Library Partnership Project :

The survey reports on the 237 respondents in Arab countries, plus an additional 20 respondents in North America responding to challenges and opportunities for collaboration between libraries in Arab countries and the United States.

The Middle East Library Partnership Project grew out of the Task Force on Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries, convened by Duke University and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and supported by the Mellon Foundation.

Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists

 Al-‘Usur al-Wusta: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists
Published : Middle East Medievalists, 1990-
ISSN     1068-1051

Other titles: ʻUsur al-Wusta
                    Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists

The latest issue of Al-‘Usur al-Wusta (VOLUME 23, [2015]) is available here!

See the Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Middle Eastern Studies

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cambridge Digital Library - Islamic Manuscripts

[First posted in AMIR 4 January 2012, updated 5 November 2015 (300 newly added Arabic papyri to our Michaelides Collection,, etc. )]

Cambridge Digital Library - Islamic Manuscripts

"Cambridge University Library's collection of Islamic manuscripts dates from the origins of Arabic scholarship in Cambridge in the 1630s when the University founded a Professorship in Arabic and William Bedwell donated a Qur'an to the Library. Since that time the collection has grown in size and diversity to over 5,000 works, including the collections of Thomas Erpenius, J.L.Burckhardt, E.H.Palmer and E.G. Browne. These manuscripts shed light on many aspects of the Islamic world, its beliefs and learning..."

November Update

November Update

Our November release sees major additions to our online holdings of early Near Eastern fragments. We have added over 300 Arabic papyri to our Michaelides Collection, comprising personal letters, legal texts, accounts, literary texts, recipes and other documents, the majority of which have not yet been subject to academic study. This brings to an end the first phase of a project to put the complete Michaelides Collection online.
We have also added over 300 fragments from the newly conserved Lewis-Gibson collection, including L-G Arabic 1.23, an early leaf from Saadya Gaon's Book of Beliefs and Opinions. Saadya Gaon (882–942 CE) was one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the early Middle Ages and this influence can be seen in the hundreds of copies of his writings — many from works that had been lost — that have been discovered in the Cairo Genizah.
Lastly, we have added around 200 letters and legal documents from the Taylor-Schechter Genizah collection that shed light on community affairs. T-S 16.149 is a 13th-century letter sent from Alexandria to the head of the Jewish community in Cairo, explaining that their local judge had rudely and pointedly left while a visiting Iraqi preacher was in the middle of delivering a sermon. The Alexandrians wrote their letter in support of the visiting preacher and to explain that their local judge had in fact behaved badly.

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